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Erna Kelly

Erna Kelly joined the English Department in 1983 after thee years as Visiting Lecturer in UCLA's Writing Programs. Her doctoral work at the State University of New York at Albany included concentrations in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century prose and poetry, Shakespeare, and history of drama. She is especially interested in recovering early modern women writers from obscurity but enjoys poetry, non-fiction prose, and drama from all periods. She has worked as a technical editor, spent over half of her undergraduate years as a biology major, and created the department's Technical Writing Internship Program. She enjoys backpacking and cross-country skiing. Student participation is encouraged in her classes whether Age of Revolution (Seventeenth Century), Shakespeare, Studies in Women's Literature: Literary Foremothers, College Writing, Introduction to Texts, or American Family on Stage and in Film. Her publications include:


“Drama’s Olio: A New Way to Serve Old Ingredients in The Religious and The MatrimonialTrouble” in Margaret Cavendish and Shakespeare: Interconnections. Eds. Katherine Romack and James Fitzmaurice. Aldershot, England and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Press, 2006.

Playing with Religion: Convents, Cloisters, Martydom and Vows,” Early Modern Literary Studies Special Issue 14 (May 2004).

"Portraits: Self and Other," Teaching Tudor and Stuart Women Writers. Eds. Margaret Hannay and Susanne Woods. New York: Modern Language Association, 2001: 242-258.

"Tongues, Swords, Needles and Pens Engendering the Tongue in Popular Culture and in the Courts," Attending to Early Modern Women: Crossing Boundaries (Conference Proceedings), Delaware UP: 2000.

"'Small Type of Great Ones': Richard Lovelace's Separate Peace," The English Civil Wars and the Literary Imagination. Eds. Ted-Larry Pebworth and Claude Summers. Columbia and London: University of Missouri Press, 1999.

"A Matter of Focus: Men in the Margins of Alice Walker's Fiction," Pygmalion in Reverse: Essays on Alice Walker. Ed. Ikenna Dieke. Greenwood Press, 1999.

"Diaries and Journals," Reader's Guide to Women's Studies. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1998.

“Women's Wit,” The Wit of Seventeenth-Century Poetry. Eds. Claude Summers and Ted-Larry Pebworth. Columbia and London: University of Missouri Press, 1995.

"Processing Words and Writing Instructions: Revising and Testing Word Processing Instruction in Advanced Technical Writing Classes,"Writing at Century's End: Essays on Computer-Assisted Instruction. Random House, 1987.

"Lovelace's Ellinda Poems: 'Primarily the Property of Men,'"Excerpts from Conference on Linguistic Humor, Arizona State University, Tempe, April 1982. Published by WHIM (Western Humor and Irony Membership).

"Whitman and Wordsworth: Childhood Experience and the Future Poet, "Walt Whitman Review, June 1977.


“Nights East,” “ Sandy’s Moons,” “Many Moons: Variations on a Theme,” “Edge of Day,” and “ Elizabeth Lake.” Ed. Sandra Lindow. A Peace of the Valley. Linden Leaf Press:2005.

“Weeds,” Wisconsin Poets Calendar. Ed. Christine Purcha. Madison: Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, 1998.

"Return Trip" (poem). Voices of "White Pine" . Ed. Bill Wiese, Menomonie, WI, 1993.

"You" (poem). Voices of "White Pine". Ed. Bill Wiese, Menomonie, WI, 1993.

"On a May Morning" (poem), Upriver 4. Ed. Bruce Taylor, Eau Claire WI, 1990.

"History" (poem), Upriver 4. Ed. Bruce Taylor, Eau Claire WI, 1990.

" Fayetteville, Manlius, Green Lakes, and Labrador," (poem) The Wisconsin English Journal, spring 1989.